Tag: strategies

The SPIKES Protocol and Me: How a Doctor’s Bad News Improved My Communication Skills

Have you ever felt deflated, overwhelmed, or just plain weird after someone commented on your writing? Even when the criticism is constructive and well-intentioned, if it’s not communicated in a way that’s clear and empowering, it may cause more damage than good. As an editor and writing coach–not to mention a writer myself–this is a…
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Project Management for Writers: the 6+2 Week Goal Cycle (with printable template)

If you’re like me, you find the project management side of creative work to be… Wait, what’s project management? My point exactly. For years, I’ve been trying to find a project management strategy that worked. Planning on a yearly or quarterly basis was futile because they were too long–I was constantly changing course or reconsidering…
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How to Defeat Shame through Generous Writing

One of the most difficult struggles writers face is what I call “pre-emptive shame.” We encounter shame before there’s even a reason to–before we even put our work out there. Sometimes just thinking something you’d like to put in writing is enough to debilitate us, let alone actually finishing a project and publishing it–or trying…
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5 Ways to Support Authors (That Don’t Cost Anything)

In our Amazon-ified world, being a book lover (or a book writer!) can be disheartening. Every few months, it seems, Amazon announces new measures that allow it to further undercut the authors and publishers of books on its website. How can we support authors and their publishers to ensure their books keep getting published? Here…
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5 Things I Do at the Beginning of Every Year

In her book Happier than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses the strategy of new beginnings as a way to set ourselves up for success in starting or maintaining good habits. According to this rationale, new beginnings (like a new job, new school year, or move to a new house) meaningfully interrupt old routines and thus provide an…
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writing strategies and writing tips

Mastering the Short and Simple: Three Ways to Get to the Point in Your Writing

One of my writing goals for 2018 is to produce content on a more consistent basis. In addition to this editing blog, I have my own podcast and blog as an author, not to mention a book to launch in January, which will require writing numerous guest posts and other promotional materials. I’ve been struggling…
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Are You a Starter or a Finisher?

Last week, I held a Facebook Live on the Writer’s Loom Facebook page. I focused on a question that’s important for writers to discern about themselves: are you a “starter” or a “finisher”? Do you gravitate toward beginning writing projects or concluding them? (See video below.) Before I explain this in greater detail, let’s back up.…
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Tracking Time, Day 1: Lessons in Life, Mortality, Stress, and Faith

For me, time-management has always been much more of an existential ordeal than is suggested by the neat and tidy to-do lists I’m fond of making. In fact, I have a whole other blog that is solely devoted to the theology of time. There, I plumb the spiritual and historical depths of what living in…
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Cognitive Tunneling and the Writing Process

As I write this post, it’s a rainy early morning. I’m drinking a cup of coffee and just finished off a ginger and date scone from a batch I made the other day. By all accounts, not a bad way to start the day. But I’m dreading finishing this post — there’s no milk in…
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2 Ways to Stay Sane While Writing

I use two metrics to “measure” (qualitatively) the health of my relationship with writing at any given time. I should explain that I gravitate towards two extremes in my writing practices–when left to my own devices, I either write too much or nothing at all. I often veer into an unhealthy relationship with writing that…
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